Bear River’s Duwaine Ganskie to be inducted to Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame |

Bear River’s Duwaine Ganskie to be inducted to Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame

Bear River head coach Duwaine Ganskie, right, with David O'Brien during the 2016 season. The Sac-Joaquin Section announced Friday that Ganskie will be apart of the 2016 Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame class.
Photo by Brian O’Brien |

The Sac-Joaquin Section released its 2016 Hall of Fame class Friday, announcing 17 inductees that range from Olympic medalists to All Americans to national champions.

Among those 17 inductees is Bear River’s athletic director Duwaine Ganskie, who is being honored for his prowess as a coach at both Bear River and Nevada Union.

According to a press release by the Sac-Joaquin Section, Ganskie coached either boys or girls basketball at Bear River and Nevada Union for a combined 29 years. He led those teams to 647 victories and eight Sac-Joaquin Section titles. All eight of those championships came with girls teams at Bear River; they won Division III titles from 1996-98 and they won Division IV crowns in 1990-91 and 1992-94. His teams were state runners-up in 1993, 1994 and 1996.

Ganskie is one of four coaches being inducted, along with Art Banks (softball at Roseville/Woodcreek), Dan Carmazzi (football at Jesuit/Christian Brothers), and the late Mike Takayama (girls basketball and softball at Del Oro.

Players to be inducted are Robbie Bosco (football, basketball and golf at Roseville), Jeff Float (swimming at Jesuit), Aaron Garcia (football and basketball at Grant), Lindsay Hyatt (track and field at Placer), Denali Knapp (swimming and water polo at Davis Sr.) and George Parker (track and field at Stockton).

Media members Marty James (Napa Valley Register) and the late Carl Underwood (Lodi News-Sentinel) will be inducted as well. Two officials, Jim Jorgensen and Joe Harper, are also being inducted. In the administrator and benefactor category, Debra Davis, Pete Saco and Rick Spears will be inducted.

The induction banquet and ceremony is scheduled for October 16 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Sacramento. Anybody with questions is urged to call Section Director of Communications Will DeBoard at 209-334-5900, ext. 21.

This is the Section’s fourth Hall of Fame class. The inaugural class in 2010 had 56 members, the 2012 group had 43 inductees and 2014 had 32. This class makes a total of 148 Hall of Fame inductees.

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